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UK Courts Abuse Logic to Hate God

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"Last week’s ruling by a magistrate’s court in Bristol, convicting two street preachers (Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell) of a public order offence, is just another example of the loss of freedom of speech for Christians in the UK. The prosecutor argued that publicly quoting the King James Bible in modern Britain should “be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter.” During the trial, the prosecutor argued:

To say to someone that Jesus is the only God is not a matter of truth. To the extent that they are saying that the only way to God is through Jesus, that cannot be a truth." (Answers in Genesis, 6 March 2017)

What surprises me about this conclusion is not that they said it, but that lawyers for the defence did not immediately point out the fallacy.

They must have been amazingly lax!! The statement SHOULD have read “The belief that Jesus is God, and that He is the only way to salvation, is a belief that may, or may not, be true.” That is the closest any legal argument can get! They certainly cannot say it “ cannot be truth”! To give such a conclusion is to abuse logic and proper argument. “It cannot be truth” SHOULD read, then, “It may, or may not, be truth”.

To sentence someone on the basis of such a juvenile and inappropriately illogical belief is nonsense and very unjust. The judges are really saying “I hate your beliefs and if you don’t agree, I will NOT give your ball back!”

So, to find someone guilty because of false argumentation is itself a matter of the beliefs of the judges, NOT to do with any actual evidences. There should be a big outcry and a retrial!

It is also completly inconsitent that Jurors and Witnesses still use the Bible to be sworn in or give evidence under oath in courts. (BBC, October 2013).

It is also completely inconsistent that Jurors and Witnesses still use the Bible to be sworn in or give evidence under oath in a court, when the prosecutor has said that quoting the Bible should “be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter.” (BBC, October 2013).

Reformation Day - 31st October

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Lucas Cranach DA painting of Martin Luther 1528 Today is Reformation Day. Why is the Day held on 31st October? It’s nothing to do with Halloween – it marks the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church (All Saint’s Church), Wittenberg, Germany.

The Theses were highly provocative to Rome, but copies spread across Europe, sparking the Reformation. The Theses included complaints about certain practices within Catholicism, as well as a declaration of the biblical truth of justification.

Luther’s complaints were correct, for he opposed the selling of indulgences, yet he wrote as a scholar rather than as an antagonist. But, in Thesis 86 he bluntly asked why the pope built St Peter’s Basilica using money taken from the poor, rather than his own money. He had a lot to say about indulgences, which bartered salvation in return for money, deceiving many thousands into thinking they were saved.

Within two months all of Europe, including Britain, read the 95 Theses, and people flocked to hear him speak. Possibly in 1567, the church in Regensburg initiated an annual remembrance of Luther pinning the Theses to the door. However, a formal remembrance did not occur until about two centuries later, in 1717.

Today, some mistakenly think Luther wrote his Theses for the ordinary people. But, they were written in Latin, the language of priests, not common people. And he probably pinned the Theses up on October 30th because he knew crowds would fill the church to look at the collection of relics, and wanted to oppose indulgences with maximum publicity.

Nowadays, it is as if Luther had never lived for modern Lutherans, who have officially accepted the popes as their spiritual heads, and whose theological errors are now multiple... not that many reformed churches are that much better!

It is my experience that reformed Christians look back on Luther’s brave action, and hold the day in remembrance of the start of the Reformation. This, to me, is not of much use, because what is past is past. If the day was used to continue the Reformation, I would be most happy, for instead of looking back at what someone did in the eons of history, all Christians should look forward with great expectation, checking out their Reformed status by personally continuing to reform. Otherwise, the application of Luther’s work is lost in time, having no special purpose in our own day.

Misplaced Charity

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Well, it had to happen. I had half an ear to the TV today and I caught a glimpse of the usual charity plea to give to poor people in Africa. You know the stuff – children with big eyes, mothers looking sad, hacking at dry earth, etc. Then came the final sentence:

“Give as Jesus would give”. Well...

I must again warn that what we are seeing in almost all the charity ads is manipulation of emotions. What they don’t show is the CAUSE of the failure of water and agriculture.

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Jesus was not a Refugee in His infancy

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"The Bible is full of stories of refugees. Jesus himself was a refugee in his infancy. To protect the stranger, the one who is not protected, runs like a thread through the Old and New Testament. There would probably be no approval from Jesus for the government policy." (Gatestone article about the way Swedish pastors have turned the Gospel into multiculturalism, 13 September 2016).

It is always difficult for me to answer rubbish like this because what they claim is so ridiculous!

I have come across this kind of argument several times in the past. What ignorant writers they are!

They wilfully misinterpret scripture to suit their socialist ideals.

I’d love to know what other ‘stories of refugees’ are in the Bible!!

Jesus was not a refugee in His infancy... His earthly parents fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s murderous aims, but there is NOTHING in scripture about this being the actions of a ‘refugee’!! They simply lived in Egypt, that’s all. There is no record of Joseph pleading to enter Egypt, or to be accepted as an asylum seeker.

It is likely that he just worked at his trade to keep his small family, before returning to Israel when the king died. He might even have used the expensive gifts from the kings to enable the family to live (Matthew 2). A far cry from modern so-called ‘refugees’ and very like the way ordinary folks today go to live in foreign countries.

Scripture must never be used to push a political agenda. Those foolish churches that centre on multiculturalism do not seem to grasp the hard fact that they are just as prone to Islamic rape, violence and throat cutting as those who do not accept these devils into their midst. They also fail to note that Islamists are content to join local churches in order to murder the pastor or his family (a stated objective of jihadists). What fools.

I suppose in a sense it is their ‘just reward’ for altering God’s word for political purposes!

Join the Internal Freedom Movement!

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Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage:
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage.
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty. (Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison)

Lovelace wrote the poem to which this stanza belongs, when in Gatehouse Prison. He was protesting governmental laws against clergy and said that ‘obeying the king and following England’s orders does not make him free’. On the other hand, he did not believe that being in prison made him less free, because imprisonment and freedom stem not from what is done to us, but from the body and soul. Because he started a petition he was imprisoned, with the approval of then then ‘PC’ Church of England luminaries. At that time freedom of speech was far from reality.

Today, in supposed enlightened times there is similar loss of freedom, so Lovelace’s poem resonates with us as we struggle against PC, onerous laws and attitudes that fear freedom of thought and speech. Legal action against Christians is rife, as is hatred for their very existence. Many are killed and many maimed, and all are persecuted to some degree, even in the West.

This is why we need the Internal Freedom Movement! Will you join?

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